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# ORCID iDeas Forum

Thanks for your ideas. The process to turn an idea into an active part of the ORCID Registry is described in the article How are new features decided? (see link) While we want to get to every suggestion, our limited staff time means that some features will have to wait until future development cycles. We look forward to reading your ideas.

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1. ## make the site validate correctly with W3C

ORCID pages do not seem to be valid HTML5 according to
http://validator.w3.org

E.g. mine reports many errors, mostly unescaped & symbols and img tags without alt text, which should both be fairly easy to fix, http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Forcid.org%2F0000-0002-7676-7860

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Great suggestion. This is on our list of things to do, it just doesn’t have a high priority. I’ve listed the idea as under review as we will need to have staff look into it further before we make any changes.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## ORCiD inbox links to actual works, not entire list

The Inbox currently shows which service has updated my Work section, and presents a link 'View on your record'. That link shows the entire list of works (for me, it basically goes to https://orcid.org/my-orcid). I often cannot find which work was added. It would be great if somehow that could be made transparent, ideally by opening up the relevant work(s) in a separate window/page.

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Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

At present, the current stable version of the ORCID API, v1.2, does not make it possible to clearly state which items have been added or updated to the ORCID record via the ORCID API. (This is what such notifications are indicating.)

The simplest method to determine what was added or updated at present is by checking the creation date (via more details view). The modification date can also be viewed via the ORCID public API.

The API version currently in development, v2.0, supports the addition and updating of individual works items. It is possible that this could result in more informative notifications.

We would appreciate hearing further suggestions on how the addition/update notifications can improve. What information do you expect to see in them?

• ## Login state should be consistent throughout the site

Once a user logs in, the "My ORCID Record" will correctly display options for logged-in users (such as "sign out" the sign out link).

From there, click on the ORCID logo will bring you to the about.orcid.org page, which looks as though you have to log in again. For instance, the "sign out" button is replaced by a "sign in" button. The user also loses the links to their "My ORCID Record" page.

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Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

This occurs because there are actually two sites: The ORCID Registry (into which you sign in) and a static ORCID website.

We do want the sign-in state to stay consistent as you move throughout the ORCID site and are planning this as part of our interface upgrade. We’ll update this thread as we have further information.

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## Use https by default

Use https by default (i.e. if the user enters a URL without a protocol such as [1]) do not redirect https URLs such as [2] to http pages. For background, please see [3]-[6]

[1] orcid.org/0000-0001-5882-6823

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Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. We have some progress to report on this.

We now have https as the default for the API and ORCID websites, and are working to include only https links across all sites and automated emails.

We’ve also suggested that the https version of ORCID iDs be the encouraged display format in our iD display guidelines — see more at https://orcid.org/blog/2017/02/16/draft-display-guidelines-ids-articles-open-comment

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## Allow persistent sign-in states

Apparently users are being logged out after 20 mins of inactivity, when closing the browser or when integrated systems force it, see Twitter discussion at https://twitter.com/ORCID_Org/status/865153183219187713

This makes ORCID extremely frustrating to use for many users, as one is basically forced to re-login each and every time one uses the website.

There should be an option for "staying logged in", as most other websites (Facebook, Twitter, gmail etc.) offer, which will not log you out unless specifically requested.

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Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

We are considering this feature and will let you know if we decide to accept it for future development.

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## Make the works editing page a full page, not a popup window, or autosave the manual works entry

Currently, the works editing page appears as a popup window with the left/right margins grayed out. But it is not clear. And if you click in either of these gray margins, the work you are currently editing disappears with all changes lost. Perhaps include a pop-up window (that appears when you click outside of the editing box) warning you you are about to lose all unsaved info? Or maybe autosave changes? Or perhaps make the editing page a whole page and not just a popup page.

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Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry. We are sorry to hear that you are having issues with the manual works entry form.

We recommend that you use the Search and Links wizards to add works in order to avoid any potential issues related to manual data entry and ensure that an identifier is linked to the work. Identifiers are used to group works on the ORCID record and are read by systems that connect with ORCID in order to get full metadata about the work.

We would like to improve the manual entry forms in our future cycles and are therefore marking this iDea as planned. We’ll update the iDea with more information as we begin development.

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## Sort entries in the education, employment and funding sections by end date instead of start date

If there are two or more concurrent grants, for example, sorting by end date usually produces a more reasonable order.

Consider the following situation:
Grant 1: $500 000, 01/2014 - 12/2016 Grant 2:$15 000, 12/2014-04/2015

Those are now displayed in the order Grant 2, Grant 1 and will be displayed this way even in mid-2016, when no one cares about Grant 2 anymore. The same is true for the tab education, where e.g. a short stay at a foreign university always pops to the top.

Sorting by end dates solves these issues, because the topmost entry is either the…

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Thanks again for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

We’re looking into this issue and would like to raise a question for your consideration. What do you think should be done in instances of open end dates? For example, an employment may be on an open-ended contract — should this be understood to be active and therefore floated to the top of the list?

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## Use mathjax for proper display of Tex formulas/equations in Works titles

The Tex formulas in titles and abstracts do not appear properly in the public profile pages (example: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0219-2750). Using Mathjax may be a solution for this problem.

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Thanks for the suggestion. We agree that adding a way to mark up text based formulas would be a nice feature. However, it won’t fit in our near term development plan as right now we’re focused on release new features to make the entire Registry more robust. We’ll review this suggestion once we have more developer time and as the demand grows.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Save collapse state of sections in ORCID record

When I log in, I'm interested in my works, so I collapse the sections above that. I have to do this every time. Just remember my preferences for each section.

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Thanks for a great suggestion. We’ll bring this up with our developers to see if it is something that can be easily implemented. Right now our focus is on adding additional functionality, but once that’s complete we’ll have more time to review the design of the ORCID record and will see if this is possible.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## I would like an easy way to copy/paste my ORCID iD (including the ORCID logo) to include in my email signature.

I would like an easy way to copy/paste my ORCID iD (including the ORCID logo) to include in my email signature or other places I might like to promote my ORCID iD.

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Hello,

Thank you for your suggestion for improving the ORCID Registry.

Could you suggest some layouts that you would expect to see as an email signature? And by ‘ORCID logo’, might you refer to the ORCID iD icon? (Green circle with the white iD)

Thank you.

Warm regards,

ORCID Community Engagement and Support

• ## ignore stopwords when alphabetizing titles

Looking at the other requests here, you've clearly done a lot already to improve the interface. One tiny thing (I submitted this as a help request before I found this forum -- sorry); I suggest you ignore stopwords ("a", "the", etc.) when alphabetizing titles so that titles starting with "An observation on ...", "A plea for ...", "A method for ..." don't all end up at the beginning of the alphabetic list ...

thanks!

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Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

We’ve added this to the list of new features to be considered in the near future and shall update this thread accordingly when a decision is made.

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Engagement and Support

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Thanks for the suggestion. We do think this is a good idea, however it’s somewhat complicate for us to add an additional cookie to our cookie policy which is needed to offer this option. I’m making this idea as under reivew while we consider this. In the meantime you may want to look into using a browser that will automatically remember your username.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Clarify if an ORCID represent an individual as a person or just as a researcher

It should be made clear (in the FAQ?) what an ORCID represent. It is currently unclear if it represents a person, or just that person while acting as a researcher.

My best guess is the second - so it would be somewhat wrong for me to use my ORCID when describing the creator of my family photos.

It is also currently somewhat unclear if an ORCID defines the same person under multiple names (I understand it does, but only because I added both my names for my ORCID)

The discussion at http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-lod/2013Mar/0038.html highlights the need for clarity on such aspects…

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An ORCID iD can be used with any works or activities you want, and it can represent whatever you think makes the sense to integrate with your own research. For many of our users that is just their professional works but it is up to each researcher to decide what to include their ORCID iD on.

We do agree that the FAQ could be increased to address issues like names more directly and will look into adding to it.

• ## Provide information for researchers on how to "link to this page", ie to his/her own page.

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This is a great suggestion. I’ve added “How to Link to ORCID profiles” to our list of planned documentation and I hope to have it online in the next month. I’ll update this idea once that How To is completed.

-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## ORCiD implement two-factor authentication

For added security, you could consider implementing two-factor authentication.

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Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

Offering two-factor authentication is a feature that we are considering for the coming year. Follow our process at: https://trello.com/c/Qep41Vg5/13

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## Show the list of works split in several screens/pages

I have 906 works and counting, and it is somewhat taxing on my computer (and probably your server) memory to have them all in a single screen. Would be nice to split it in several screens or pages.

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Thanks for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

We have included this idea on our list to consider in the near future. We shall update this thread once a decision has been made, or when we have started on the project.

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Engagement and Support

Some thoughts from using the website today.

1. The search bar is fairly wide but has very little height and also has very little space above or below it. I found myself accidentally clicking on links in my bookmarks bar above the search box on more than one occasion when trying to search.

2. The magnifying glass 'search' element did not intuitively look like a magnifying glass to me…because of the 'iD' text inside it. I initially thought this might be a shortcut to my ORCID profile page. Maybe just having text that says 'Search' or 'Go' would be less…

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Thanks for the suggestions. I’ve passed them on to our development team who are actively working on a new webpage design. We hope to have the new design out in the first quarter of 2016, so check back then.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Style visited links distinctively

If I perform a search, say:

https://orcid.org/orcid-search/quick-search?searchQuery=Emma+Jones

then visit one of the links given in the results; then go back to the search page (or repeat the search), the link I visited still has the same styling as before.

ORCID's CSS is overriding the default styling for visited links, which would otherwise render differently to links that have not been visited.

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Thanks for your suggestion, Andy. We’ll take it into consideration as we consider the next rounds of improvements to the site and registry UI.

Warm regards,
ORCID Community Team

• ## modify the clickable area of the search box

The search box area shows as a gray bar, but one has to click in the left side of the box for the search function to be apparent. I have shown this site to several people, and when they navigate the site, there is confusion when the right side of the box is clicked and nothing happens. It decreases the utility of the registry, because a first-time user may decide it is not worth registering when a search cannot be done.

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Hi,

We understand your frustration with the search box and we’ll be fixing it soon! We’re working on a new look for the ORCID website and as part of that we’re changing how the search box looks and can be clicked on.

Best,
-Catalina
ORCID Support

• ## Mark up lists correctly

Please use list markup for lists of names, websites, other IDs, or keywords. This is not only semantically correct, per HTML specifications, but also improves accessibility for people using assistive software to access web pages.

Names would be best shown with each starting a new line (the present method can lead to confusion), but it is possible to style lists of keywords so that they are presented horizontally, with a visual separator such as a mid-dot. For websites and other DS, it is possible to style lists as at present, without bullets.

I'm happy to advise further if required.

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Thank you for your suggestion to improve the ORCID Registry.

This iDea is currently marked for consideration by our team. We’ll let you know as it further progresses. Many thanks!

Warm regards,

ORCID Community Team

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